First-ever ‘Jumanji’ themed land set to open at Chessington World of Adventures

by Susan and Simon Veness

World of Jumanji will be the world’s first theme park land based on the hit movie “Jumanji” when it opens in Spring 2023 as Chessington World of Adventure’s largest investment in the park’s history.

world of jumanji entrance portal
Images courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

On August 15, 2022, Chessington World of Adventures and Sony Pictures announced the new land will be opening next year, allowing guests to experience the adventure movie “Jumanji” like never before.

Tim Harrison-Jones, Divisional Director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said, “What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit ‘Jumanji’ film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen. We know what it takes to create the ultimate adventure for our guests.”

Among the proposed designs are an overgrowth-covered entrance portal styled as a jungle that signals challenges ahead, just as it did in the Jumanji game, and a 55-foot-tall Jaguar Shrine structure awaiting the Jaguar’s Eye jewel that will lift the curse.

world of jumanji jaguar's eye

More details regarding rides, attractions, and experiences will be coming in the months ahead.

The new land represents a big step forward in Merlin Entertainments’ global strategy to engage and work with leading IP and brands, and expand its location-based entertainment that will allow guests to immerse in cinematic stories.

Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment said, “After being entertained by the films for so many years, fans now have the chance to experience ‘Jumanji’ in a whole new dimension, and we are thrilled to be going on this exciting adventure with the creative team at Chessington as ‘Jumanji’ further expands with its very own themed land.”


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